Photos document fight to save world’s tallest trees

Photos document fight to save world's tallest trees

Ed Christopher, deputy director of fire for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, watches over four rangers at General Sherman’s entrance to Sequoia National Park in California on September 22, 2021.

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Last week, fires started to get out of hand in steep canyons near Sequoia National Park, which contains some of the world’s tallest trees by volume. As the flames got closer, park officials wrapped the base of some trees in fire-retardant aluminum blankets to protect the veterans. A park official told SFGate that on Monday, the flames had passed through most of the larger trees, although the covers were likely less important to their salvation, as the park had suffered controlled burns in recent years.

Take a look at the fight to protect trees in Sequoia:

Firefighters cover the iconic entrance to Sequoia National Park, California.

Firefighters cover a sign in Sequoia National Park, California, United States, in this photo obtained by Reuters on September 17, 2021.

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Flames lick a tree as the blustery fire burns on the 100 Giants Trail in Sequoia National Forest.

Flames lick a tree as the Windy Fire burns on the 100 Giants Grove Trail in Sequoia National Forest, Calif., Sunday, September 19, 2021.

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A photographer takes photos at the base of giant sequoias in “Lost Grove” along Generals Highway, north of Red Fir.

A photographer takes photos at the base of giant sequoias in “Lost Grove” along Generals Highway north of Red Fir during a media tour of the KNP Complex fire in Sequoia National Park, Calif. On September 17 2021.

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Orange County firefighters take photos as blast fires amid the Sequoia National Forest in the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs.

Orange County firefighters take photos as the Windy Fire burns in the middle of Sequoia in the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, United States, September 21, 2021.

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Firefighters spray water as flames move towards the road during the Windy Fire in the Sequoia National Forest.

Firefighters spray water as flames die out during the Windy Fire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., September 22, 2021.

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Ed Christopher, Deputy Director of Fire at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, looks at four giant trees, four rangers, at General Sherman’s entrance to Sequoia National Park.

Ed Christopher, deputy director of fire for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, watches over four rangers at General Sherman’s entrance to Sequoia National Park in California on September 22, 2021.

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A firefighter from the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot team in Alaska wears a chain that is considered a blast fire burn.

An Alaskan Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot firefighter observes a series of fires in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., September 22, 2021.

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John Wallace, operations section chief, sees General Sherman, the world’s tallest tree by volume, which has been protected by the fire enveloping the structure.

Operations Section Chief John Wallace watches General Sherman where the historic tree was preserved by wrapping the fire structure with the Four Rangers in Sequoia National Park, Calif., September 22, 2021.

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Firefighters work to control the fire in the air as the trees burn.

Firefighters work to control the Windy Fire during the tree fire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., September 22, 2021.

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Ed Christopher, deputy director of fire at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, examines the waste heat at the Four Guardsmen.

Ed Christopher, deputy fire director at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, checks for residual heat on vanguards at General Sherman’s entrance to Sequoia National Park in California on September 22, 2021.

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The wind blows through a long meadow of giant redwoods near The Trail of 100 Giants.

Wind blows through a grove of Giant Long Meadow Sequoias near the 100 Giants Trail in Sequoia National Park on September 21, 2021, near California Hot Springs, California.

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A giant tree is flagged as dangerous by firefighters as the Windy Fire burns down.

A giant tree among the redwoods is marked as dangerous by firefighters in the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, United States, September 21, 2021.

David Swanson | Reuters

Firefighters battle the Windy Fire as it burns down the trail of 100 Giants Grove.

Firefighters battle the Windy Fire as it burns down on the 100 Giants Grove Trail in Sequoia National Forest, Calif., On Sunday, September 19, 2021.

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A firefighter watches the flames and smoke rises in the air as the trees burn.

A firefighter watches flames and smoke rise into the air as trees burn during the Windy Fire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., September 22, 2021.

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General Sherman survived the fire.

The historic General Sherman tree that was saved from a fire by Structure Wrap is seen in Sequoia National Park in California on September 22, 2021.

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